Thursday, July 21, 2005

Bots Replace Children in Camel Race


Ten mechanical jockeys have taken to the track in the world's first successful robot camel race at the UAE's Al Wathba racetrack in Abu Dhabi, watched by hundreds of cheering fans. With a ban on the use of children in camel races now in place across the United Arab Emirates, remote controlled robots are set to be a feature of the camel racetrack. Controlled by hand-held remote controls, robots dressed in jockey colours, complete with a hard hat and whip, are clipped and tied on to the camels back.As the race began on Monday , handlers drove along side the camels, using their remote controls to send orders to the lightweight mechanical mounts via a remote control system fixed on the back of the camel.

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